1936 Peshawar, North West Frontier Province of Pakistan
17 September 2013, Lucknow
1952-56 Diploma in Fine Arts, Government College of Arts and Crafts, Lucknow
1956-57 Post Graduate Diploma in Painting and Sculpture, Government College of Arts and Crafts, Lucknow (student of L. M. Sen and Bireshwar Sen)
1990s Head, Department of Fine Arts, Faculty of Art, Lucknow University, Lucknow.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
1953 Kashmir (FS).
1980 New Delhi
SELECTED POSTHUMOUS EXHIBITIONS
2011 Manifestations VI, Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Badri Nath Arya, widely known in the contemporary art world as B.N. Arya, is perhaps the last exponent of the watercolor wash technique and imagery of the Neo-Bengal School of northern India. Born into a prosperous business family in Peshawar, he showed a deep interest in fine arts even in his early childhood.
After partition, his family moved to India through the holocaust of communal riots and settled in Lucknow. During 1956-57 he did his post-graduation in Fine Arts at the College of Arts and Crafts, Lucknow; and the painting tradition of the Nei-Bengal School, taught by Asit Kumar Haldar, was passed on to him through his teacher, Lalit Mohan Sen and Bireswar Sen. He was also inspired by his fellow college senior, C.D. Sharma.
If we review his paintings, mostly done on paper the size of a double elephant, we will notice that it was none other than the Puranic and Kavya epic themes that caught his attention, but also the lives of the poor and the workers. common. The figuration in paintings of the latter type, although represented with the wash technique, is realistic and not rhythmically stylized. He is also a painter skilled in the European academic style and technique. Furthermore, his art has transcended the common imagery of the school and has explored semi-abstract or purely abstract images in which he often expressed the shadow of death and decay. From 1959 to 1991, he won 13 awards at major exhibitions across India, and Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, honored him with the National Award in 1991.
Badri Nath was commissioned to paint in his inimitable style themes from the Mahabharata (1967), Rubaiyat-I-Omar Khayyam (1974) and Jayadev's Git Govind (1975). He executed the murals for the U.P. Pavilion at the Agro Expo, New Delhi in 1977 and 1980. He participated in the 15th International Exhibition, Tokyo, 1987, and in the Second International Biennial of Asian-European Art, Ankara, Turkey, in 1988. He heads the Department of Fine Arts, at Lucknow College of Art.
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